Quang Ninh Province in north-eastern Viet Nam is aiming to become one of the country's most dynamic regions, already boasting bustling trade and tourism sectors primed for more strong growth.
This month's issue of our news magazine Outlook takes a trip to Quang Ninh to explore the region's many strengths and attractions, including a stunning coastline, idyllic islands and rugged mountains. But the province's natural beauty is only one of its advantages - Quang Ninh is also rich in natural mineral resources and has a dynamic economy with booming trade centres.
Our cover stories take reader's to the province's bustling trade zone of Mong Cai, which has benefited from its location near the economic powerhouse of China to become one of the country's most important border economic zones.
We talk to Nguyen Van Doc, chairman of the provincial People's Committee, about the province's immense potential to develop the economy in every sector. Doc discusses plans for economic development, including strategies to draw more investment and plans to ensure sustainable development.
Home to the Word Heritage Site of Ha Long Bay, the province already has a strong tourism sector, but great potential for development of eco-tourism still remains untapped. We also report on new safety requirements on boats in Ha Long Bay that have been enforced following the death of 12 people in last year's tour boat tragedy.
Elsewhere in this issue we take a special trip to the riverside town of Vang Vieng in central Laos, find out about Viet Nam's revolutionary poet To Huu and sample some of the delicacies on offer at the traditional Double Five Festival.
Readers can also catch up on what's hot in the country's culinary, sports and arts scenes - and check out listings for everything from bars to embassies. Outlook retails for VND15,000 (US$0.7) at news-stands, major hotels and restaurants and can be purchased at the head office of the Viet Nam News at 11 Tran Hung Dao, Ha Noi, or at our HCM City office at 120 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street. — VNS